Dutchess County Business Updates For May 21, 2020


Tomorrow at 10:30AM: The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Town Hall with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, with the latest information from the County about re-opening businesses. Questions will be taken via Zoom and Facebook Live, as well as the County's Town Hall phone line. Thank you to M&T Bank, Marshall and Sterling Insurance, and Nuvance Health for sponsoring this event. Register HERE.

·Governor Cuomo has announced the state would extend the sales tax filing deadline to June 22.

·Reminder: In April, the Governor created a State Enforcement Task Force where individuals can file complaints online, or by telephone 24/7. Complaints will be reviewed by the State Task Force and if appropriate will then be referred to local authorities. The guidance states: "Authorities should use the least invasive enforcement approach necessary to achieve compliance." To view the guidance, click HERE.

·It is important to note that the penalties could include revoking any state license or certification, and/or up to a year imprisonment. It is important for everyone to follow the safety guidelines, including the use of PPE and social distancing, put out by the state to ensure your business is not reported.

·The CDC has released additional guidance broken out by industry and community style. The guidance can be found HERE.

·The U.S. Department of Labor has released revised enforcement policies that require businesses to keep records of any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 and is work related. The full guidance can be found HERE.

·In today’s (Thursday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo said the contact tracing program will call individuals or businesses who may have come into contact with an individual who tested positive. The caller ID will be listed as "NYS Contact Tracing" and should be answered immediately.

·Governor Cuomo announced summer school would be remote learning this year, and reiterated it was too early to determine if schools can reopen in the fall. He said the state would put out guidance in the beginning of June on precautions schools must take, and the schools would then need to submit a safety plan to the state by July on how they would reopen.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo said until they have more information on the pediatric inflammatory syndrome he would not recommend sending children to summer camps. No decision has been made on if summer camps will even be allowed to be open, but based on the governor's comments it is unlikely.

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